happy new year, friends. 2010 approaches…

happy new year, friends.  2010 approaches…

{I love flickr} Happy New Year’s Eve, you crazy kids!  Hope you’re living it up somewhere out there, and with an umbrella handy!  The boy and I will be ringing in the ’10 with a darling little bottle of Pommery Champagne – a gift to us from Reims, France, from my wonderful dad.  (Thanks Dad.  [...]

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WILL YOU MARRY ME? | the great cake lollie proposal…

WILL YOU MARRY ME? | the great cake lollie proposal…

Bakerella does some amazing things with a little bit of flour, sugar and some lollie sticks.  But this project takes the cake. It goes on, as you can imagine… But, here’s the beauty part: And, stop right there. That’s it – that’s where I start to tear up. *** Find out what prompted all of [...]

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DIY ~ WEDDING CALLIGRAPHY | tools you’ll need to do it yourself | Addressing Your Wedding Invitation & Save the Date Envelopes!

DIY ~ WEDDING CALLIGRAPHY | tools you’ll need to do it yourself | Addressing Your Wedding Invitation & Save the Date Envelopes!

*** Scroll to the bottom of this post to turn on the musical stylings of my favorite new artist, Warpold Wine.  Mmm mmm goodness. *** So, one big decision I’ve made in the process of planning my wedding is that I’m personally going to address the envelopes that will hold my save-the-dates, and then, based [...]

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GIFTS I COVET | This Girl Wants These Gifts. You Will, Too.

GIFTS I COVET | This Girl Wants These Gifts.  You Will, Too.

Hey everybody, hope the holidays are treating you well this year.  With Christmas days away, unless you have car (not the case for a city-dweller like me), I’m not so sure you’ll be able to grab these gifts in time.  But here’s the thing, and let’s be honest with ourselves… we’ll probably just want to [...]

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HOLIDAY FAVES LOVE | dreamy diys + pretty printables + awe-inspiring images | Heavenly Holiday Decor + Gift Packaging Perfection = My Happiness

HOLIDAY FAVES LOVE | dreamy diys + pretty printables + awe-inspiring images | Heavenly Holiday Decor + Gift Packaging Perfection = My Happiness

There are lots of reasons why the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year, but ranking high among them are the following two: ~ dreamy and delightful holiday decor ~ pretty packaging perfection by incredibly creative crafters Combine those two with my absolute favorite thing in general and of all time – [...]

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HOLIDAY BAKED TREATS LOVE | Festive Cupcakes That Go Way Beyond Icing and Sprinkles…

HOLIDAY BAKED TREATS LOVE | Festive Cupcakes That Go Way Beyond Icing and Sprinkles…

Want to make a serious impact this holiday season, but feel your typical treats just aren’t cutting it this year?  Or maybe you kinda sorta forgot to buy gifts for your family and friends, and it’s December 22 already.  Whoa, came outta nowhere, right?! Okay, no worries, everything’s fine.  Bakerella has some major league ideas [...]

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CELEBRITY ENGAGEMENTS | Carrie Underwood + Mike Fisher… Sooo… That Would Make Her Name Carrie Fisher, Right?

CELEBRITY ENGAGEMENTS | Carrie Underwood + Mike Fisher… Sooo… That Would Make Her Name Carrie Fisher, Right?

All signs point to yes on this one, ladies and gents… ~ PLUS ~ THEY’RE ENGAGED! It has been confirmed that Ottawa Senators center Mike Fisher, 29, proposed to country music superstar Carrie Underwood, 26, this past Sunday, December 20th.  She said yes!  Love it.  My fiancé and I have serious love for Carrie Underwood… [...]

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FASHION for your HEALTH | your happiness and your look | Not Enough Sun in Your Life? Try Wearing it.

FASHION for your HEALTH | your happiness and your look | Not Enough Sun in Your Life?  Try Wearing it.

In her “Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not,” English nurse Florence Nightingale wrote that light – preferably sunlight – plays an essential role in the process of getting well.  She also said that those of us who are ailing “should be able to see … sky and sunlight,” as she [...]

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PAPER LOVE | wrap it up | Don’t Get Your Hopes Up; No One Can Wrap Like This…

PAPER LOVE | wrap it up | Don’t Get Your Hopes Up; No One Can Wrap Like This…

Don’t you wish you could wrap your gifts this perfectly? I do. But, unless we’re sending our packages via email – aka not sending real gifts to people in real life, a serious holiday-fail – we’ll just have to settle for a little human error in our gift wrapping efforts.  Fortunately, there are gift wrapping [...]

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HOLIDAY LOVE | so pretty and so festive | Red + White + Brown – form of – PAPER ‘n’ TREATS {so delicious looking}

HOLIDAY LOVE | so pretty and so festive | Red + White + Brown – form of – PAPER ‘n’ TREATS {so delicious looking}

Leslie’s Color Me Pretty posts on her blog, decor8, make me feel all warm and festive inside.  Just look at the sweet, sweet goodness of these projects she created and photographed so brilliantly.  Go Leslie, with your bad self!  I love how you rock that hyper-creativity that so obviously flows through you in immeasurable quantities.  [...]

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Meg Duerkson = Funny {Great at Taking Pictures, Too}

Meg Duerkson = Funny {Great at Taking Pictures, Too}

Check this out on her blog, where you can purchase one that looks like this: … though I’m sure she’d let you buy the former if you know George personally.  In fact she’d probably give it to you for free, seeing as the potential for the gift you’d be giving her is that much greater.

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STATIONERY LOVE | a wedding suite + colorful, coordinated details | Ceci New York

STATIONERY LOVE | a wedding suite + colorful, coordinated details | Ceci New York

I count her among my favorite stationers.  She makes fabulously pretty paper, and inspires me just as much as this lovely lady.  Her name is Lisa Hoffman, and she’s the creative force behind Ceci New York… Lisa designed this luxurious wedding suite of lavender, deep purple and brilliant blue.  Her paper perfection was the featured [...]

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DETAIL LOVE | wedding decor | The Cutest Little Ceramics

DETAIL LOVE | wedding decor | The Cutest Little Ceramics

Adore these pieces.  Found on a visit to simplesong.  Made by French designer L’Atelier de madame M.  Possibilities  are endless, but I especially love the numbers for an escort card board, and the tags as labels for your favors.

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! | ideas for a perfect wedding day | That is, if You Like What I Like

FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! | ideas for a perfect wedding day | That is, if You Like What I Like

Must capture: + + + Typography treasures for the tables + Obviously, there will be dancing: Delicious details I must create + A look I’m loving + A REALLY GENEROUS gift for your bridesmaids + A stationery suite that screams glamour and glitz + Lovely light blue! + A little gold leaf can go a [...]

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SELF LOVE | No Not That Kind… “A Letter”

SELF LOVE | No Not That Kind… “A Letter”

Gala, of Gala Darling, has become one of those people I love without ever having met her.  She did something quite simple, but still quite remarkable on December 15, and with it she touched so many hearts, including mine.  What was it?  A letter, written to herself.  Stop doing the Hokey Pokey, because this is [...]

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VINTAGE WEDDING LOVE | Lovely Looks for a Lingering Moment of Sweet Langour

VINTAGE WEDDING LOVE | Lovely Looks for a Lingering Moment of Sweet Langour

Just a glimpse of these vintage-inspired looks made me want to jump through my screen and try on all of them.  The way I’d describe them is almost identical to the way Rodellee of Adore Vintage, which means a) I have a strong sisterly love for her, and b) I won’t attempt to do it [...]

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GIFT LOVE | Only Things I Like More Than Great Gift Ideas Are Great Gift Inspiration Boards…

GIFT LOVE | Only Things I Like More Than Great Gift Ideas Are Great Gift Inspiration Boards…

These gift ideas caught my eye so firmly, that I just had to share.  Though I think my love for them is quite apparent, given the very crudely exacto’d page tears on the right side of each leaf.  Somehow, I need to learn an effective way to manage my excitement when I’m tearing that excitement [...]

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BRIDE STYLE | Stylish Shades of White – Not Just For Your Wedding Day

BRIDE STYLE | Stylish Shades of White – Not Just For Your Wedding Day

Float like a cloud in these dreamy little numbers, marked by their cream and ivory hues… . kstew by ruchita_blair featuring Dorothy Perkins Items in this set: Vila crochet Insert dress, 45 GBP Alaïa Metallic python pumps, $588 Starin Embellished Clutch By Malene Birger, 200 GBP Vivian Alexander Bridal Bouquet Wedding Clutch Purse: classic bridal… [...]

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WEDDING DIY LOVE | Candy Tin Labels from The Inspired Bride!

WEDDING DIY LOVE | Candy Tin Labels from The Inspired Bride!

Omigod.  When I saw these little candy tins from The Inspired Bride I jumped a little in my seat.  These are absolutely perfect; they’re the perfect color, the perfect size, the PERFECT design, and they’re well within my budget (free).  Thank you, thank you, a thousand times, thank you! . Visit The Inspired Bride’s Sweet [...]

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MY LAST MEAL LIST | Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cakes, by Sprouted Kitchen

MY LAST MEAL LIST | Chocolate Peppermint Molten Cakes, by Sprouted Kitchen

As promised, more irresistable deliciousness… this recipe and accompanying mouthwatering images are courtesy of Sprouted Kitchen. . CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT MOLTEN CAKES 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter 5 oz. High Quality Bittersweet Chocolate (Valrhona or Scharfenberger) 2 Large Eggs 2 Egg Yolks 1/4 Cup Natural Cane Sugar 2 tsp. Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 1 tsp. Peppermint Extract [...]

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BY THE WAY | I Need This…

BY THE WAY | I Need This…

Found this over at SeeSaw Designs.  Please, someone in my life buy this for me. . Oh, and I want this chair, too.  Sometimes, my back hurts.  Thaaaaanks. Get this stuff at Bluelounge

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ARTIST LOVE | In Lust With This Series From Carl Kleiner & Other Colorful Madness

ARTIST LOVE | In Lust With This Series From Carl Kleiner & Other Colorful Madness

http://www.carlkleiner.com . I know – how did he do that, right? A million little clear wires, or photoshop?  HOW? Also must mention these two beauties: . Probably should finish this off with some really pretty stuff from some pretty talented photogs… . . {1, 2, 3} Ok, I think I’m going to stay away from [...]

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